Lost Girls: Love, War and Literature: 1939-51

Lost Girls: Love, War and Literature: 1939-51

Who were the Lost Girls? At least a dozen or so young women at large in Blitz-era London have a claim to this title. But Lost Girls concentrates on just four: Lys Lubbock, Sonia Brownell, Barbara Skelton and Janetta Parlade. Chic, glamorous and bohemian, as likely to be found living in a rat-haunted maisonette as dining at the Ritz, they cut a swathe through English...

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Title:Lost Girls: Love, War and Literature: 1939-51
Author:D.J. Taylor
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Edition Language:English

Lost Girls: Love, War and Literature: 1939-51 Reviews

  • BiblioPhil
    For anyone interested in London literary life of the 40s and 50s, this is fascinating. Shadowy figures such as Lys Lubbock and Janetta Parlade are given full voice, including previously unpublished letters and interviews. There's another opportunity to enjoy the scandalous adventures of the glorious...
  • Doris Raines
    I REALLY LIKE THIS BOOK....
  • Lynda Lippin
    This is a very well written and well researched history, but the women in question are so vapid that it is hard to stay focused. Parties, clothes, and gossip are the milieu.Even though the Lost Girls worked with and hovered around famous literary people, they were more focused on status and fame....
  • Michael
    Taylor writes an engaging biography of four young women involved in the professional and social circle of Cyrill Connolly and the Horizon literary magazine during and after the Second World War. The women themselves are fascinating and it's an illuminating view of a period of literary history I knew...
  • Maine Colonial
    Taylor’s description of the literary world of London in the 30s and 40s feels claustrophobic and practically incestuous, considering the bed-swapping among a the regulars of such a small circle of writers, publishers, and their lovers. Taylor focuses on the writer and publisher Cyril Connolly a...
  • Nancy Kennedy
    In his book, Mr. Taylor recounts the lives of a constellation of young women who were pulled into the orbit of the literary lions of WWII London. At the center was Cyril Connolly, bon vivant and publisher of Horizon, a literary magazine that published many of the day's great writers. Some of the wom...
  • Kerri
    I’ve tried for awhile now to slog my way through this book, and I’m finally calling it. I rarely DNF a book—maybe five in my life—but I just can’t with this. I was immediately put off by the fact that the author seems to assume we know all of the players in this story, but s...

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